1. Buddy DeFranco, Renowned Jazz Clarinetist, Dead at 91

    December 26, 2014 6:44 PM EST Renowned jazz clarinetist Buddy DeFranco -- who collaborated with Frank Sinatra , Billie Holiday and other top singers and musicians of his era -- has died at the age of 91, his family said Friday. DeFranco's family told The Associated Press that the famed musician died Wednesday…

  2. Alberta Adams, Detroit's 'Queen of the Blues,' Dies at 97

    December 26, 2014 10:15 AM EST Alberta Adams, one of the last of the great post-World War II era blues singers, passed away on early Christmas morning in Detroit at the age of 97 after a long period of failing health. Paul McCartney Remembers 'Good Mate' Joe Cocker "She was a unique and dynamic performer…

  3. Avril Lavigne Perfectly Dismisses Rehab Rumors

    December 24, 2014 9:28 AM EST It takes a special talent to simultaneously deny rehab rumors and wish the world a Merry Christmas. Well, it turns out Avril Lavigne has that unique gift. With Christmas just a day away and persistent rumors flitting around Twitter, Lavigne tweeted this gem: The rehab RUMORS are hilarious!…

  4. Joe Cocker: Looking Back at 50 Years of Music, In His Own Words

    December 22, 2014 6:54 PM EST A few years back, Joe Cocker took a minute to mull over the longview of a career that stretched back into the early 1960s.  "You know, now that I'm getting older, when I do a two-hour show I feel it's kind of precious," he said. "As I'm getting to the back…

  5. Sony Hack Was Not All That Sophisticated, Cybersecurity Experts Say

    December 21, 2014 10:30 AM EST The Sony hack is a hydra-headed monster of a story, emerging from the sea late last month to descend on Los Angeles before going on to smash across the country, sprouting new heads as it went, dragging the badly battered body of a colossal global corporation in its dust. A previously…

  6. Toronto Rapper Arrested for Human Trafficking

    December 16, 2014 7:12 PM EST Toronto rapper Derek Bissue, known as Derek Wise, was arrested last week on charges of human trafficking.  The 22-year-old Mississauga native was taken into police custody following allegations from a 21-year-old woman that she was assaulted, forced into the sex trade, taken to various…

  7. Check Out Britney Spears' 'Women's Health' Cover -- Plus Those Abs!

    December 16, 2014 4:13 PM EST Oops, she's baring her abs again. Britney Spears is on the cover of the latest edition of Women's Health , and the singer is showing her famous ultra-toned stomach. Check out the full cover -- as well as other pics from the shoot -- below.  Jeff Lipsky   Jeff Lipsky   Jeff Lipsky…

  8. Rita Ora, Darius Rucker Perform at President Obama's 'Christmas in Washington' Concert

    December 14, 2014 10:26 PM EST The Obamas celebrated the holiday season Sunday with "The Rock" and singers Rita Ora and Darius Rucker . President Barack Obama and his family attended the 33rd annual "Christmas in Washington" concert Sunday at the National Building Museum. The event is a benefit for…

  9. Avril Lavigne Thanks Fans for Support After Hinting at Health Issue

    December 12, 2014 5:21 PM EST After hinting at an undisclosed health issue over the weekend, Avril Lavigne has broken her subsequent silence to thank fans for their support. Avril Lavigne Suffering From Undisclosed Health Issue Lavigne opened up to a fan who direct-messaged her on Twitter asking why she hadn&…

  10. Live Music's $20 Billion Year: Rolling Stones, One Direction, Live Nation Top Boxscore's Year-End

    December 12, 2014 2:31 PM EST Attendance is down, but spectacular ticket sales by One Direction, The Rolling Stones and Justin Timberlake, plus a series of blockbuster stadium shows, propelled the North American concert industry to a record 2014. Boy band One Direction and former boy band member Justin Timberlake…

  11. Grooveshark to Launch New, Legit Internet Radio App Broadcasts in January

    December 09, 2014 2:54 PM EST Labels' least-favorite digital music concern launches a new, above-board radio service. Grooveshark has spent years fighting major record labels and music publishers. Now the Florida-based streaming service is taking a different tact: a DMCA-compliant Internet radio service called…

  12. Avril Lavigne Suffering From Undisclosed Health Issue

    December 09, 2014 12:32 PM EST UPDATE 4:30 PM ET: Following up with Billboard, a rep for Lavigne has confirmed that the DM exchange posted by @AvrilMusicChart was authentic. The health issue could not be specified but it was confirmed that Lavigne is not pregnant, as some have speculated.   Avril Lavigne is…

  13. President Obama Jokes Healthcare Website Is Just Like 'Frozen' on 'Colbert'

    December 09, 2014 9:30 AM EST President Obama knows just how to get young people excited about enrolling in his signature health care legislation: Compare it to Frozen.  Everyone loves Frozen , right? Obama stopped by a very special episode of The Colbert Report (which, ugh, ends its run this month) on Monday night, and…

  14. Morrissey Cancels More Tour Dates, But Not Because of Illness

    December 08, 2014 10:40 AM EST Morrissey’s tour behind his 2014 album World Peace Is None Of Your Business -- dogged by controversy, bad luck and illness -- has hit yet another snag in its final European leg. The former Smiths frontman has cancelled three shows and rescheduled two more. A trio of performances have been…

  15. AC/DC’s Phil Rudd Threatened Man & Daughter, Prosecutors Say

    December 07, 2014 11:04 PM EST New Zealand prosecutors for the first time publicly outlined their case against AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd , saying Friday that he called a man who had worked for him for three years and threatened to kill him and his daughter. The details were in a brief one-page "summary of facts"…

  16. The Cost of Scott Stapp's Downward Spiral: Blowing Through $1.5 Million in a Year

    December 05, 2014 3:32 PM EST Creed helped fuel one of the music industry's most robust runs, selling 27 million albums in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, since its 1997 debut, My Own Prison . Today, frontman Scott Stapp says he's broke and homeless . But according to sources, it was only…

  17. AC/DC’s Malcolm Young Had 'Noticeable' Health Problems Back in 2008

    December 03, 2014 5:59 AM EST Malcolm Young was already showing signs of dementia when AC/DC was working on its hit 2008 album Black Ice , his brother Angus has said in an interview broadcast on Australian TV. “When we were writing songs together, me and him, it was noticeable,” the rockers’ legendary lead guitarist…

  18. Bruce Springsteen Tribute Concert With Neil Young, Elton John, Jim James to Air on PBS

    November 26, 2014 8:53 PM EST Bruce Springsteen 's MusiCares Person of the Year for 2013 tribute concert with Neil Young , Elton John , Jim James and others is headed to PBS next month.  Bruce Springsteen Fans Can Relive the Boss' Top Gigs on New Website The star-studded show from February 2013 at Los Angeles&…

  19. Legendary Lebanese Singer Sabah Dead at 87

    November 26, 2014 10:07 AM EST Beloved for her powerful voice and brazen in the conservative Arab world for her multiple marriages, Lebanese singer, actress and entertainer Sabah never seemed far from the limelight during her six-decade career. And even while playfully mocked in her later years for clinging to youth…

  20. Cirque du Soleil Scene Returns After Acrobat's Death

    November 26, 2014 4:56 AM EST A key battle scene near the end of Cirque du Soleil's "Ka" show is returning more than a year and a half after a performer fell 94 feet to her death when a wire rope snapped during the stunt. Cirque du Soleil officials have invited reporters to a Dec. 3 preview of the scene&…

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